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Tea Time! 5 health benefits of drinking tea

June 20, 2018

I am a tea drinker. I have been for a very long time. I was a coffee drinker but one day I went to my GP for a routine check-up and my blood pressure was through the roof! She asked me if I had any caffeine that day. That's when I admitted I drank two pots of coffee. Two pots was my normal intake of coffee - everyday!

 

 

She told me I needed to stop drinking coffee in order to protect my health. So I stopped cold turkey! What a miserable weekend that was. I was sick to my stomach, had a headache and felt awful. But once I was off coffee, I felt great. It took me a long time to really appreciate tea. But now that I drink it regularly, I can appreciate the health benefits tea provides. 

 

I normally drink 3 cups of tea a day. Two cups of Chai tea in the morning with steamed almond milk. Then in the afternoon, it is either green tea, lemon ginger tea, matcha or a combination tea that includes turmeric for healthy bones and joints. It all depends on my mood!

 

Here are 5 health benefits of drinking tea:

 

1) TEA MAY HELP YOU FALL ASLEEP

 

Tea contains a compound called L-theanine which promotes relaxation and can help you sleep by supporting calming brain chemicals and reducing chemicals linked to stress. And it does this without making you groggy, says Michael J. Brues, PhD, author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton, 2006).

 

 

2) IT MAY BOOST BRAIN HEALTH

 

Some scientists are pinning hopes on tea as a way to help prevent Alzheimer's disease. In 2017, researchers at McMaster University in Ontario reported that green tea may interfere with the formation of beta-amyloid peptides, "one of the prime suspects in the early molecular cascade that leads to cognitive decline."

 

3) TEA MAY PROTECT AGAINST CANCER

 

Numerous studies link green tea consumption to the prevention of many cancers, including lung, colon, stomach and breast cancer. Several studies and clinical trials show that green teas (and to a lesser extent, black and oolong teas) may reduce the risk of other chronic diseases, too.

 

 

 

4) IT MAY PROTECT AGAINST TYPE 2 DIABETES

 

Drinking tea may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In 2012, a study of 26,000 people in Europe, researches found that people who drank at least four cups of tea daily showed a 16% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-tea drinkers.

 

5) TEA MAY PROTECT AGAINST HEART DISEASE

 

According to a 2017 American Journal of Medicine report that looked at 6,500 ethnically diverse people, being a moderate tea drinker - just one cup or more a day - may help prevent the development of coronary artery calcium (which indicates plaque deposits) and decrease your chances of damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack or another cardiovascular event. 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post about the health benefits of tea. If you are a tea fan, let me know what type of tea you drink! I'd like to thank Delicious Living for the content in this article. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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